Gantz’s Blue and White registers party, ruling out mergers

Political parties are starting to register for the March elections in the Knesset.

One of the first parties to do so was Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White, which got 14 seats in the previous election — as part of an alliance with Yesh Atid that got 33 seats in total — but is now teetering on the edge of extinction after Gantz broke his central campaign promise not to join a Netanyahu-led government.

That means Blue and White will not merge with any other center-left party, and its votes may end up being wasted.

Gantz’s slate includes MK Pnina Tamano-Shata as his No. 2, followed by MKs Chili Tropper, Michael Biton and Orit Farkash-Hacohen.

— with Michael Bachner

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